AAP’s Alka Lamba Resolves To Quit Party After Several Conflicts
Aam Aadmi Party MLA Alka Lamba has made her discontent with the party’s performance with the recently concluded Lok Sabha (LS) Elections public in a tweet on Saturday. She wrote, “My journey started with you in 2013 will end in 2020. My best wishes will be with the dedicated revolutionary ground workers of the party, hopefully, you will remain a strong alternative in Delhi. The last six years have been memorable and I have learnt a lot from you.”
The Chandni Chowk MLA has been in dispute with the party’s several actions in the past and now she has made it clear through her tweet that she is not keen on continuing with it in future after her term ends.
Lamba apparently raised questions over the appalling defeat of the party in the party’s official Delhi WhatsApp group after which AAP’s North East Delhi LS candidate removed her from the group. This sparked a controversy where Lamba thrashed party chief Arvind Kejriwal for holding her accountable for the party’s loss. She also voiced how those who make decisions “sitting in a closed room” should be held accountable.
“I have always been telling the party what you (Kejriwal) are telling them now. I am sometimes added to the group, sometimes removed. It would have been better if a meeting was held to introspect, look at the shortcomings and move ahead,” she said.
Lamba’s dissent with the party has become regularity as this is not the first time she has been removed from the party’s WhatsApp group. Earlier in December, when she dissented on AAP’s decision to revoke Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna, she was dropped from the WhatsApp group. But the party members added her back to campaign for the LS elections.
The headstrong Lamba may still be with the party, but she chose not to campaign for it during the Lok Sabha election. She even avoided participating in Kejriwal’s road show as she was expected to walk behind his car in the rally.
In April Lamba got embroiled in another controversy on Twitter with the party’s Greater Kailash MLA MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj, who had taunted her to resign from the party. After the row, she called for a public meeting where she addressed the people outside Jama Masjid telling them that the party is constantly demanding her resignation.
“My journey started with you in 2013 will end in 2020. My best wishes will be with the dedicated revolutionary ground workers of the party, hopefully, you will remain a strong alternative in Delhi.”
In this particular show of discontentment with the party when a person on Twitter asked her if she is resigning, she said that currently, she has seven months to deliver on the promises made to the people of Chandni Chowk so she won’t resign before her term is over.
Lamba was with Congress for close to two decades before joining AAP in 2014. She became the MLA from Chandni Chowk in the Delhi Assembly Elections in 2015.
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